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i'm tanya rivero. >> and i'm rob nelson. hurricane irene is still raking over the caribbean this morning with increasing lyly fierce winds and torrential rain. >> irene is threatening to blow ashore the u.s. as a monster category 3 or 4 storm after ripping through puerto rico and knocking o a million peop than a million people. here's a spectacular view of irene from above, images captured by the international space station. you can see just how massive the storm is right now. that's 700 miles across. if irene hits the southeast coast, it would be the first hurricane to make landfall in the u.s. in three years. >> monster storm to be very, very scared of at this point. people from miami to the carolinas, ocourse, are hoping for the best but also preparing for the very worst. they are boarding up their homes, stocking up on food water and other supplies. some flights have already been canceled and shrimpers are scrambling to catch all they can before having to dock their
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boats and irene will be bearing down on the turk ss and caicos. >> jeannette calle is tracking it all. good morning, jeannette. >> good morning. irene now a category 2 hurricane with maximum sustained winds around 100 miles per hour. it continues to track off to the west-northwest near ten miles per hour, and the storm system throughout today will be slowly pushing away from the northern coast of hispaniola. conditions will then deteriorate later in the day over the turks and caicos. there is a high chance that this storm system could be become a major hurricane once it crosses the central bahamas wednesday to thursday. we're talking category 3 or higher with winds anywhere from 110 miles per hour or greater. then potentially making landfall late friday over the southeast coast of north carolina. rob and tanya? >> all right, jeannette, thank you for that. if irene passed through the caribbean, lightning from the storm apparently sparked a fire in billionaire richard
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branson's mansion in the british virgin islands. >> guests include inging kate winslet and her children escaped unharmed and branson praised her for helping him carry his 90-year-old mother to safety. now the weather on this tuesday, showers and thunderstorms from the carolinas to florida and much of the gulf coast. large hail, 70-mile-an-hour winds around the twin cities, chicago, des moines and milwaukee. some afternoon showers from albuquerque to denver and another day of scorching heat across texas and the southwest. 104 in dallas. 111 in phoenix. mostly 90s in the rockies. just 76 in seattle. fargo climbs to 94. omaha, 91. detroit, 81. a pleasant 77 in boston. 80 here in new york. atlanta hits 91 and any orleans, 96. now we turn to other other major story this morning. the unfolding drama in libya and one of moammar gadhafi's sons
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has made a surprise appearance even though rebels claimed he was in custody. >> gadhafi has not been seen and his whereabouts are a question mark. abc's jeffrey cough messenger is joining us this morning from libya on the road to tripoli. jeffrey? >> reporter: good morning, tanya. in fact, gadhafi hasn't been seen for months. we've heard his voice on crackling telephone lines but no one has any idea where he is. we know he has a number of underground bunkers scattered throughout libya. the speculation is he is in one of them but that is just pure speculation. meanwhile, the battle for tripoli is well under way. reports that this revolution is over and the rebels have prevailed are premature. it does seem that they have a very strong upper hand. it seems inconceivable that gadhafi and his loyalilis could regain that but it is a very bloody civil war that's going on in the streets of tripoli at this moment. >> jeffrey, any idea what the real story was with gadhafi's son seif? there was some confusion over whether he had been captured by
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rebels or not at all. >> reporter: confusion to say the least. i mean, this was really big news. just 24 hours ago that several in fact of gadhafi's sons were in rebel hands. it was even confirmed by some international authorities but lo and behold seif al islam, gadhafi's heir apparent and a very cocky arrogant guy appeared surrounded by loyalist soldiers chanting and really taunting the rebels saying the people were behind gadhafi and that the rebels will be crushed. that may well be wishful thinking and appears to be but it certainly is upset to the morale of the rebels. meanwhile, another of his sons has been liberated by loyalists who infiltrated the rebels and he is a free man too. but make no mistake, the reb are feeling confident. they've broken into gadhafi's
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main weapon stores in tripoli. we've seen them coming out of tripoli, streaming out of tripoli with huge stores of munitions. they told me that they're going back to their bases to regroup and to claim this victory once and for all. >> and the man himself, jeffrey, moammar gadhafi, there's some rumors swirling about where he could be. what's the latest you're hearing? >> reporter: well, as i've indicated, rob, we just don't know. gadhafi is an enigmatic guy all the time. he's very paranoid. and even when i was here weeks and weeks ago, he would surface .nd unpredictably. there has been talks he would leave the country but it's increasingly clear that no country wants to be saddled with the reputation of harboring a man who is now an international war criminal and an international outlaw. so [ audio trouble ]
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>> as you can imagine, a volatile situation there. communications are difficult. we did lose touch with him. but as you can see a volatile situation, the battle for tripoli is not over just yet. that was abc's jeffrey kofman on the road to tripoli. we thank him for that report. >> absolutely. and new york lawmakers are asking libya's transitional national council to arrest abdelbaset al megrahi. he is the pan am 103 bomber who was freed by the scottish government for health reasons. prison doctors had said he had prostate cancer and three months to live. >> but he is very much alive and well, in fact. that bombing you may remember, killed 270 p pple including 189 americans. >> stay with abc news for the latest from libya. coming up on "good morning america," any time at and coming up after the break, why the sexual assault charges against dominique strauss-kahn could actually be d dmissed today. what a new survey of economists say about the chance of a double-dip recession.
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overseas markets are higher this morning after modest gains on wall street yesterday. tokyo's nikkei average picked up 105 points today. hong kong's hang seng is up about 160.
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in london the ftse opened higher. on wall street the dow gained 37 points yesterday. the nasdaq index rose 3.5. won't we won't have another recession, but the economy will stay pretty weak for awhile. that's the consensus of economists who have been surveyed by the associated press and they do expect high unemployment and some weak consumer spending to continue for awhile. meanwhile, a top federal reserve official says the fed will take action if the economy gets any weaker. as controversy swirls around the credit rating agency standard & poor's, there is word this morning that its president is stepping down. the move comes just weeks after s&p downgraded the u.s. credit rating and sent the markets into a tailspin, but the agency says devin sharm ma's resignation is not related. meanwhile,e,he head fof goldman sachs has hired a top defense lawywy. lloyd blank fein and others are now facing inquiries by the justice department into the firm's practices leading up to
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braver than i would be. >> pretty scary. they were in a kayak. now for a look at the morning road conditions. flooding on parts of i-94 from the twin cities to chicago, i-80 from des moines to chicago and i-55 from chicago to st. louis. wet on i-10 from new orleans to jacksonville and i-40 from little rock to memphis. also slick from denver to albuquerque. >> and if you're flying today, some weather-related airirrt delays are possible both in chicago and in minneapolis. and that stage collapse at the indiana state fair has claimed another life. the famimi of 24-year-old meagan toothman is taking her off of life support and donating her organs. >> her doctors say she will not recover from her brain injury. she was among those in the crowd waiting for sugarland to perform. some strong wind of course caused that stage to topple over. seven lives lost i ithat tragedy. >> terrible story. we turn to a stunning about-face from new york prosecutors investigating the dominique strauss-kahn sex case.
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they are expected now to request that all charges be dropped during a hearing that's been set for later this morning. >> they say they no longer believe the hotel maid accusing the former imfhief of assault. abc's scott goldberg has the details from new york. good morning, scott. >> reporter: good morning, rob and tanya. prosecutors didn't say anything publicly before they filed papers asking a judge to drop the charges against dominique strauss-kahn, but in those papers their reasoning is clear. they wrote "if we do not believe her beyond a reasonable doubt, o do so." cannot ask a jury to do so." the criminal case that began with a bombshell, an accusation that dominique strauss-kahn sexually assaulted a hotel housekeeper is now headed for a quiet ending three months later. his accuser, nafissatou diallo, appeared next to her lawyer in new york city. >> the manhattan district attorney, cyrus vance, has
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denied the right of a woman to get justice in a rape case. >> reporter: ken thompson spoke after prosecutors filed papers recommending that a judge drop some or saul of the charges against the former head of the international monetary fund. before he was arrested in may, dominique strauss-kahn also was considered a leading candidate for president of france. the decision to drop charges is not a surprise. prosecutors had grown concerned about diallo's credibility and they also reportedly did not have sufficient sufficient evidence her encounter with strauss-kahn was forced. his lawyers argued it was consensual. >> i want justice. i want him to go to jail. >> reporter: diallo gave an interview to abc's robin roberts last month w wn it became clear the case was in trouble. they say she lied about her background and strauss-kahn's lawyers issued a statement saying their client is grateful for the decision. he still faces a lawsuit filed by diallo in civil court. >> scott, thank you. prosecutors in colorado have
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filed charges against those three siblings who led police on a cross-country chase. lee grace dougherty, dylan dog ter tyty tydougherty stanley and ryan dougherty were charged with more than 20 counts in all. they are accused of robbing a bank in georgia and of course all of that ended with that shootout with police in colorado. a memorial to martin luther king is now open to visitors on the national mall in washington. the opening, t tugh, had little fanfare, but that is expected to change sunday at the dedication where president obama is expected to speak. sunday does mark the 48th anniversary of king's famous "i have a dream" speech. and the san francisco 49ers are stepping up security after this weekend's violence during a preseason game against the raiders. the team says there will be no tailgating after the kickoff and fans are being warned that rowdy behavior will not be tolerated and they're also recommending the nfl call off the annual game with the raiders indefinitely. >> sad.
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all right. for last night's highlights from the world of sports, here is espn news. good morning. cole wright with your espn newsup date. the chicago bears last season winning e teams. winning record this year trying to turn things around and make it back to nfc championship game. jay cutler starting lineup there taking on the g-men. starting off strong. cutler, plenty of time in the pocket, goes deep to devin hester. hester reels it in 37-yard gain. second quarter now, giants showing a strong running game. eli manning calls an audible like his brother peyton. brandon jacobs jays i'll take it from here. 18-yard house call, glieptss up 10. manning, 8 of 16 for 78 yards. ahmad bradshaw takes the draw, picks up 13. jacobs says, come on way to get it done. 30 seconds left in the half cutler, short pass to barber but there was a loss on the play in more ways than one. terrell thomas hurt on this play. take a look at his leg. tears his acl, could be out for the year.
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get well soon. fourth quarter, rookie, scott says, fear the turtle. i'm taking my ball and i'm going home, 97 yards for the touchdown. the giants go on to get the win, 41-13. let's move it to the diamond. mets and phillies, cliff lee on the bump taking on the metropolitans in the first inning. sits down david wright and shows the next two the dugout as well. go get some water, sports drink, plenty of good stuff in there. seven innings for cliff. bottom of the sixth hunter pence, get off me, ball. that not coming back, the 16th home rung of the season. phillies win this one, mercy rule, 10-0. that will do it for us. dent forget, for the latest on the sports scene check out the highlight express. at the little league world series the south dakota team is proving they're not camera shy at all.
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>> a south dakota pitcher bounced one right off the camera yesterday shattering the lens cover but leaving the camera itself working just fine. strangely enough, it wasn't the time this happened. a player from the same team did the same thing over the weekend. >> pretty good aim. >> you got that right. up next the stories we'll be following today from the latest on hurricane irene as she barrels towards the atlantic coast. we'll also have those new rules that will protect airline passengers' rights. that and more when we come back. but for some of us with overactive bladder, our pipes just don't work as well as they should. sometimes, i worry my pipes might leak. but i learned there's something more i can do. now, i take care with vesicare. once-daily vesicare can help control your bladder muscle and is proven to treat overactive bladder with symptoms of frequent urges and leaks day and night. if you have certain stomach or glaucoma problems or trouble emptying your bladder do not take vesicare. vesicare may cause allergic reactions that may be serious. if you experience swelling of the face, lips
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and now a look ahead to the stories we'll be watching this tuesday. hurricane irene is expected to become a monstrous karg 3 or 4 storm and could make landfall along the southeast coast anywhere from florida to the carolinas. rebel forces in libya tighten their grip on tripoli as moammar gadhafi's son seif remains defiant about his father's leadership. he made a surprise appearance after rebels had claimed sunday they had him in custody. new federal rules on airline delays take effect and carriers could pay $27,000 per passenger if an international flight sits on the tarmac for more than four hours. fees paid to passengers who were bumped are going up. thousands of verizon workers
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finally this morning, we told you yesterday about that amazing golden retriever who helps disabled people surf in southern california. >> now abc's john berman has a closer look at ricochet and the people she helps. >> reporter: there are dogs who play ball, dogs who chase cats, dogs who catch frisbees, but this dog near san diego catches waves and captures hearts. that is 3-year-old ricochet, a golden retriever sharing a board with jo who lost her leg to cancer, with patrick, a paraplegic, with sabine who was born without arms. >> ricochet is helping me. >> reporter: ricochet is the canine co-pilot for disabled surfers. >> she stabilizes the board. she is just standing there and just surfs with us. >> reporter: from birth ricochet trained to be a service dog, a companion to people who need help with everyday tasks. the problem was, she was a lil
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little mischievous and liked to chase birds, a no-no for a companion who needs to be providing constant attention, but owner judy fridono discovered ricochet had other ways to help. >> i wanted her to make a difference in one life, and she's touched millions and millions. >> reporter: she stated boogie boarding at 8 weeks old and is now a whiz on a surfboard. judy swears she adjusts her balance depending on the disability of the person she is surfing with. but it's her disposition that seems to make the difference. look at the smile on ian, a 6-year-old with a brain injury. ricochet has raised more than $100,000 for different charities on her own facebook page. she is a finalist for the annual "hero dog award" from the american humane association up against a guide dog, a therapy dog, even a military dog, amazing animals, and while they all may rate a ten, only ricochet can hang ten. john berman, abc news, new york. >> man's best friend, indeed. >> absolutely. >> wow. >>


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